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71mtnscout 12-05-2015 01:42 PM

An Expedition Scout
This will be the start of a new build between the 64 and 63 s80's. There is no reason to rehash the work already done, but you can find the other threads here.

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So today I bit the bullet today and ordered new tires cause a new americas tires just opened around the corner from me and they are giving $200.00 off on 4 new tires when you apply for there cc. My 33/10.50-15 BFG t/a km2's should be in on Thursday.

The build begins

71mtnscout 12-13-2015 02:20 PM

Re: An Expedition Scout
I have bee busy since the last post;

I know have a working heater system with a new blower and the correct radiator, tires came in and are installed now, I found and fixed a linkage problem on the weber, installed a GM truck gas pedal, and started filling the various holes in the cab to try and limit the huge amounts of air leakage inside the cab.





Since beater is now my dd I will get a working wiper on the drivers side this week. For now I will use the factory vacuum system cause I have it and it doesn't rain much in the socal desert.

More to come later

71mtnscout 12-14-2015 05:35 PM

Re: An Expedition Scout
Today I ran all over hell collecting parts and supplies and I now have windshield wipers!! They are the stock vacuum ones but they work perfectly and I replumbed the system with new 1/4"id clear tubing. I'm just hooked up to manifold vacuum for now, at least they work. I will make a vacuum canister and I found a small 12v vacuum pump for $14.00 that I will use when more vacuum is needed. I had them and time will tell if they will work out for me.



71mtnscout 12-15-2015 04:54 PM

Re: An Expedition Scout
Did some more carb tuning today. Got a good high idle now and readjusted the mixture and idle...purring like a kitten now. Went out running around with the windows up and the heater on, wow!!! Leaky exhaust is bad...so I went by a local shop and got steered towards this little shop around the corner. We bs'd about scouts and put beater on the rack and cobbed an exhaust system together for now that the tire doesn't hit and discovered the manifold donut is trashed. That will be the next thing to repair on the list now....and he had scouts himself.




71mtnscout 12-18-2015 01:20 PM

Re: An Expedition Scout
Installed the new exhaust donut and did a hot torque on it. Man did that thing stink on the first heat cycle! Went for a short drive with the heater off and the windows rolled up......I need to seal up a few more holes and I haven't done the side dump for the exhaust yet, but its not trying to kill me anymore. ;) went down a frontage road along the 80mph stretch of the 215 through sun city, at 55 on its speedo I'm good for the slow lane now and beater seems happy at about 3200 rpm for cruising. I cant wait to change the steering box!

71mtnscout 12-21-2015 03:49 PM

Re: An Expedition Scout
I changed the steering box out for the 64's today...wow!!!! Was the old box screwed up! Drives like a dream now...well for a 52 year old truck with no power steering! This box will work for awhile, its in great shape. So now its good while I amass the parts needed for the power steering upgrade.

71mtnscout 12-28-2015 03:47 PM

Re: An Expedition Scout
Over the past few days I've cleaned/primed/painted the top to window rubber area in bright white and glued the rubber in on the drivers side. I have to say that I really like clesters products! It fits very well and is very soft and pliant, netting a really good seal on the window area. I haven't done the lower yet cause I have to refit the door still. I also pulled the exhaust down and welded up all the holes that didn't get done...his welds look like bubble gum. Reinstalled it with a new donut and went for a drive to heat it up and re-torque it. I now have no exhaust getting in the cab....woohoo!! And the drivers window doesn't rattle anymore.

Then the weather went to hell.

71mtnscout 12-29-2015 04:29 PM

Re: An Expedition Scout
Finished the rivnuts in the windshield frame today and added a few to the bedrail for the rear of the top. Also added shell tape for a weather seal to the base and the top of the fold down windshield since they don't make that seal anymore and mine was there...just hard as a rock. I have a few more holes to weld in the p/u top and some finishing before I do roll on bed liner to the inside and out of the p/u top, then paint it bright white. I have decided that it will be painted desert tan with a white top.....rattle can style.

71mtnscout 12-31-2015 06:19 PM

Re: An Expedition Scout
I finished the passenger side top and rubber today and went for a spin...its much quitter now and there are no horrible air leaks now. I took the old blower motor apart today to see if I could fix it, the rear bearing on the brush side of the housing is toast and the single speed I found is like running it on low! Does anyone have a line on a replacement bearing? I can replace the motor with a new one, but I bet its not as good of quality as the original is! Will spend tomorrow working on water proofing the cab.

71mtnscout 01-01-2016 04:22 PM

Re: An Expedition Scout
Worked on the top today and welded up some little holes and odds and ends that needed doing. Did some sanding and priming on it for prep to be painted soon. Steel wooled the windows and the new seals are all done.



71mtnscout 01-17-2016 04:46 PM

Re: An Expedition Scout
Been working on the top lately. Finished the welding, sanding, and priming of the roof and sides and started applying the paintable 3m rubberized coating on it. This stuff takes about 3 days to cure and become paintable, and when its finished will have a bedliner type finish along with deadening the "tin can" sound of the top. I think it will take around 5 cans to do it and probably add 15 pounds to the top. At $3.50 a can its a pretty cheap way to finish the top and should be easy to fix if the need arises. I will do the rear hatch also but the one that's on right now is for the 64. I have to do some repair to the one for beater.


71mtnscout 03-02-2016 04:09 PM

Re: An Expedition Scout
Its been a bit since I posted and a lot has taken place in the last week. Really haven't done much on either of the scouts till this week. We got this wild idea at the shop and chained the 64 up to the I-beams on the rear roof structure and put the porta-power between the I-beam and the frame and wa-la!!! Now the frame is straight and true within a 1/16th of an inch from corners and cross members. Who would have thought it would be that easy to fix??

So with the wilma's frame now good, I'm going back to the original plan since the tub on the 64 is virtually rust free as compared to beaters. I liberally sprayed down all the body bolts with rust penetration spray twice today and will get all the body bolts out tomorrow. Heck I might even get the body bolted back on with new bushings and the lift blocks.

71mtnscout 04-11-2016 08:45 PM

Re: An Expedition Scout
Will be hitting wilma hard tomorrow and hopefully will get all the new mounts for the body and engine done by the end of the day. It's time to bring her back...

71mtnscout 04-12-2016 04:52 PM

Re: An Expedition Scout
I got the body bushings all done, it argued with me (big surprise), and I had to use the smoke wrench and drill a few out, but the body is mounted again.


I will get the engine/trans mounts done tomorrow and move on the front axle...don't know if its the wheel bearings or kingpins.

71mtnscout 04-14-2016 04:38 PM

Re: An Expedition Scout
What a pita the engine/trans mounts were!! The engine and trans were tailed over to the passenger side and leaned about 5* that way too. I finally got it straightened out and bolted in the right way with new mounts, I had to stretch the firewall a little for the valve cover. The front is in the air with tires removed for the next go around...have to figure out what kinda shape the axle is in and fix what needs fixin to make it a driver. The push is to get her into a dd for the least amount of cash for now and sell beater to finance the upgrades and equipment list.

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